Our vision is to be a leading rural arts, entertainment and community centre, renowned for its diverse and stimulating programme, friendly atmosphere and accessibility to all.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment.
At first only a limited line-up of entertainment was possible, but the venue proved so popular that over the years the programme has expanded beyond all expectations, and there is now a film or live event almost every night of the year. The building is very popular and well used, with an estimated footfall of 200,000 per year. The venue also brings substantial benefits to the local economy - an independent survey conducted by Sheffield University in 2005 found that we support the local economy to the tune of £3,000,000 a year.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms has a proud history as an independent organisation since it was founded as a self-governing charity in 1993 by local volunteers.
Over the years, LAR has attracted support from various bodies, including Shropshire Council and Ludlow Town Council. However, as local authorities reprioritise spending, it is clear that new thinking is required for organisations to survive and grow.
For these reasons, LAR’s trustees recently announced their plans to secure a sustainable future for the arts and community centre: Transformation for a New Generation.
The project, which reflects LAR’s independence, resourcefulness and enterprising spirit, is centred on the recently agreed takeover of the ground floor of the building from Shropshire Council.
We intend to move LAR’s main entrance to its original position, facing the market square. Inside, a combined Box Office and Visitor Information Centre will relocate to the left hand side. On the right, there will be a café, operated by Bill Sewell, who runs the successful Café at All Saints, Hereford. Ahead, the grand staircase will be restored and used as the main route to the auditorium.
Additionally, there will be a new block of toilets on the ground floor, air-conditioning in the auditorium and a renewed lift to offer improved access.
This transformation will require an investment of at least £1.5m. Funding will be obtained from a variety of national and regional sources, and a local fundraising campaign is due to begin shortly.
Full details of the project, including how you can get involved, will be available on our website soon.
Behind the scenes
In addition to live shows and films, there is a lot going on at Ludlow Assembly Rooms that you might not know about. Scores of groups and individuals use the buildings for meetings, clubs, workshops and parties for all sorts of celebrations, and for all ages.
Education, outreach and training is at the core of the work of the Assembly Rooms. As well as live shows and films for various age groups there's a playgroup, children's birthday parties, regular term time and holiday workshops, competitions, showcase performances in music and dance, opportunities to display work at the Student Art exhibitions, poetry and film-making as well as other partnerships. We have in the past few years even turned the Auditorium into a skatepark, a maze and an icerink as a result of suggestions from our young community.
Over 100 young people volunteer at the Assembly Rooms each year; the skills they gain enhance their CV and future prospects.
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Thank you to our main funders The Arts Council England, West Midlands, South Shropshire District Council Ludlow Town Council and the European Union Regional Development Fund
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Ludlow Assembly Rooms • Registered charity no 1010883